WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

29 November 2013


1. Reservoir at Sunset, iPhone 4s, October 2013;© Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Reservoir at Sunset, iPhone 4s, October 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Reservoir at Sunset, iPhone 4s, October 2013;© Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Reservoir at Sunset, iPhone 4s, October 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which you prefer and why.


Sunset is the lessening second by second of the sun’s daylight. Its effects on the human psyche are extraordinary. Each turns beams of brilliance into a shortening of the yin to the day’s yang. Each brings a focus on its place from rise to demise.

Sunset seems an opposite approach to WordPress Photo Challenge, but each one seems to punctuate the need that we have for light’s presence. As it descends and creates the night, we are privy to its critical role in our daily existence.

In the Lens section are two images taken at my city’s reservoir–a place that allows me to climb to the pinnacle and focal point of the day’s beginning and the next day’s start.

I’ve converted my photographs to black and white, because the monochrome emphasizes the striking effect that light still has on the day. It seduces the landscape, glides across the water, catches our attention, and pivots into quietude.

I’ve witnessed many a sunset, and each points to light and its omnipotence. Each foreshadows yet another round of its perpetual journey in and out of the world that we inhabit–a world unable to exist without its presence.

Note: as always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

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36 Responses to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

  1. ideafill.me says:

    That’s magnificent! ♥
    It is just a wonder what nature get do…

  2. Suzanne says:

    Both these photos are terrific but my favourite is the second one. I like the strong vertical lines of the building contrast with the long line of the horizon. The angular lines take the eye into the photo.

  3. And the light shone itself in the most majestic way. Stunning shots that inspires us to dream, hope and look forward for tomorrow’s surprise . Belated Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. marialla says:

    How I like your black and whites – so powerful!!!

  5. Amy says:

    Stunning sunlight! I just noticed that my reader did not pick up your posts…

  6. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely Sally – I’m partial to the second because I like the effect of the black bars vs the brilliance of the sun. Good choices for the challenge!

  7. Bastet says:

    Very nice light you’ve got there! Beautiful!

  8. Gallivanta says:

    Your photos and text make me think of the hymn that begins “Let there be light,
    let there be understanding, ” You bring an understanding of light, not merely a description or an image.

  9. Indira says:

    I loved the first one as it is more appealing to the eyes. I don’t know much about photography so i just go by the appeal.

  10. Oh Sally, sunsets are so reflective on your day…you brought a great new perspective on it.

  11. Leya says:

    Great both, but I prefer the first one!. The second one makes me think of sitting behind bars…

  12. I love your photos and words, Sally. Lovely really. 🙂

  13. Madhu says:

    A beautiful shot Sally!

  14. Great post Sally, I think they’re both fab! But the second one just has the edge for me due to the contrast of the rays with the dark. 🙂

  15. Sandra says:

    I like the first one best, but maybe just because you can clearly tell it’s a reservoir. We walk around reservoirs quite a lot.

  16. KOH  says:

    Beautiful light and shadow~love it.Have a nice weekend ~

  17. SeniSilat says:

    Wow… Great shots!!!

  18. Great photos, Sally. I really like the first one best. There’s something almost overpowering about it!

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